Looking for ideas for festive days out? Our team has you covered! Read on to find out our favourite ways to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season with family, friends and pets…
Nikki, Revenue & Distribution Analyst: “While I’m based in our Newbury office, I travel frequently to see the team, our clients and our partners in London, so I’m looking forward to going to Winter Wonderland when I’m in the capital. I also love to visit the Christmas light trail at Blenheim Palace – the multi-coloured cascade fountains by the lake are really lovely! And next week I’m going to the Winchester Christmas market. With wooden chalets, a cheerful atmosphere, Christmas lights and the Cathedral in the background, it’s a lovely place to pick up some festive stocking fillers.”
Gareth, Corporate Sales Manager: “I’m also going to visit Winter Wonderland this year. Hyde Park is huge and there’s so much on, with rides and attractions, ice skating, shows, Santa’s Grotto and a Christmas market – the nice thing is that you can tailor your experience depending on what you want to do and whether you’re visiting with family, or meeting friends for an evening out. The atmosphere at the Bavarian Village is good fun, with cosy chalets, bars, restaurants, live music, and DJs.”
Bala, Chief Operations Officer: “As parents with young children, we’re looking forward to two local events this Christmas: the Ealing Broadway Christmas Market and 'Snow White' at Harrow Arts Centre. The market promises a wonderland of crafts, street food aromas, and the daily 'snow' at 4pm … always a favourite in my kids' eyes. And the theatrical extravaganza of 'Snow White,' by Immersion Theatre, guarantees an immersive experience filled with vibrant costumes, lively dances, and interactive moments. It’s all about creating magical memories together!”
Anna, Head of Marketing & CSR Lead: “A family trip to the Old Vic's 'A Christmas Carol' is more than just a Dickensian theatre outing; it’s become a cherished tradition for us, wrapped in festive cheer. I think it’s a must for anyone yet to have the pleasure! Amidst the enchanting flurry of snow, free mince pies, and the thrilling antics on stage - flying turkeys and all – my kids were spellbound. They giggled at Scrooge's quips, cheered as the snow descended, and were captivated by the heartfelt moments, especially with Tiny Tim. The play isn’t a ‘normal’ production but an immersive experience that wrapped us in the joy of the season, leaving the kids beaming with the magic that only a timeless Christmas tale can bring.”
Valeria, Head of Commercial: “As a child, I was always a fan of visiting grottos during the holidays, so I'm excited to share this tradition with my preschooler at Peter Jones’ Santa’s Grotto this year! It looks like it’ll be fun and interactive: with Santa’s helpers guiding us, my little one will get to crack codes, unlock magic doors, and finally meet the big guy himself. I don’t have a dog myself but apparently ‘dogs that are on the nice list’ are welcome to come along to a special Santa Paws session!”
Jacob, Head of Guest Services: “Myself and my family will be celebrating the season with a trip on the Mid-Norfolk Railway Polar Express. It’s a train journey like no other, recreating the magic of the children’s book and film. Dancing chefs and waiters serve hot chocolate and biscuits, and the story of The Polar Express is read out loud as you travel towards the ‘North Pole’. On the journey back, everyone keeps an eye out for Santa, who comes by to give you a gift. It’s a really joyous experience, with lots of Christmas carols being sung and everyone joining in. A great day to spend with the whole family!”
Jenana, Marketing Manager: “I’m going back to Christmas at Kew this year because I enjoyed it so much a few years ago. Admiring the light shows and installations with a mulled wine in hand is great fun. I’m particularly looking forward to the Fire Garden display, where 200 candles will be aglow on the lawn in front of the illuminated Victorian Temperate House. And I read that this year 75% of the lights used will be LEDs, which is great from a sustainability perspective. But before heading to Kew Gardens, I’ll visit The Original Maids of Honour for a Christmas High Tea. This lovely bakery and tearoom on Kew Road has been around since 1860, and its famous Maids of Honour pastries go all the way back to Tudor times!”
Claire, Credit Control: "I love to head out for a brisk wintry walk with the dog, stop in at a country pub for lunch and then head home to watch a Christmas film. Anyone staying in our apartments who wants to enjoy a similarly relaxed day should check out the 'Things to do' guides on our website - you can find pointers for local parks and pubs near our apartments to inspire your own cosy Christmas. And I can recommend 'The Holiday' if you're looking for a feel-good festive film to enjoy!"
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